We are beyond grateful for all of the design challenges and experiences that have come our way this month, especially in regards to one particular project we are working on. Today, we continue to show you five favorites (But sorry, they are all about our upcoming event because that’s really all we can think about at the moment!). It just so happens that this year is our sixth time planning our big Halloween event so we have five past years to look back on (… and boy has this project come a long way!). We are excited to share this story with you, let you in on a few sneak peeks of what we have in the works for next week’s festivities, and highlight a few vendors that deserve recognition. Enjoy!

#1: This spooky scene! In the beginning, we decided to come up with a Halloween concept to keep things cohesive throughout this over-sized front lawn (as seen on our previous post, Haunted Graveyard). As it was our first time creating a design for a space this large, we knew we needed lots of props and therefore came up with the graveyard theme. We sure were learning the ropes! We are very proud of what we accomplished that first year as it allowed us to grow exponentially since.

#2: This theme! The next year, we came back with a vengeance (as seen on our previous post, Haunted Circus). We stepped up our game in a really big way and our lives were forever changed when we met our girl Wini at LA Circus. Bringing in large circus props such as wagon trains, tents, and ticket booths were just what we needed to start filling up that space. It was so fun to see passersby react to this animated and lively Halloween scene.

#3: This local reference! From there, we knew we had to come up with a new and creative idea each year to keep things interesting. Our Haunted Hollywood theme is still one of our favorites to this day! What a fun way to reference this awesome city that we live in and the industry that our clients love. We brought in an actual 8 foot tall Hollywood sign, a casting couch, set up a cast party and movie screening complete with theater chairs and all. Skeleton paparazzi made an appearance and so did all of our clients friends and family on the red carpet at their first Halloween extravaganza. 

#4: This party! Year number four was huge for us as well. Not only was this custom built pirate ship larger than life (as seen on our previous post, Haunted Pirates) , but we were asked to plan this Haunted Pirates Halloween Party as well. We brought in actors, kids activities such as a parrot petting zoo and sword fighting, tray passed appetizers, a delicious buffet meal for all of their guests, and an overflowing treasure chest of candy too.

#5: These kids’ choice! Last year, it was kid’s choice all the way! Our client’s twins were studying Greek Mythology and wanted to create a scene with all of their favorite mythological characters, and thus Greek Mythology with a Haunted Twist was born. In the front yard, lions, chariots, and Greek gods and goddesses were in demand, and a Haunted Toga Party was planned for the eve of Halloween night. We are not going to lie … Those kids gave us a real challenge with that theme, and we could not be more proud of what we came up with. 

Next week is Halloween, and as we have shared we will be creating another spooky scene in a Wild Wicked Western theme. We have brought back some of our favorite vendors from years past and have met some really awesome new ones along the way that we can’t wait to work with. Of course, we will post the details and photos here as soon as we possibly can! We plan to share our “Favorite Five” for the month of November on the 24th, and of course will be sharing what’s inspiring us for the month ahead on the first Friday of the month. See ya soon!

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Halloween is our absolute favorite time of year to decorate our living spaces. We both love to add glamorous touches to an otherwise spooky scene in our homes (as seen in our past six years of Halloween decor posts: (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016). In preparing to decorate this year, we realized just how truly busy we are and had time to purchase just a few new items, dusted off some of our old favorites, and came up with new (but quick) overall looks. Here’s a peek at how each of us used our different styles to create the right look for our homes and what we have goin’ on this Halloween.

T Side: Man, I didn’t know if I would ever get around to decorating my home this year for Halloween. Life sure does get busy, doesn’t it? … With getting big (pregnant) and working on our annual big Halloween event, my mind has been everywhere but at home decorating. This week, finally, I found a little free time and added just a few rustic touches to our space to make it feel like Fall.

 

Some burlap and wheat were added in to spruce up our kitchen area.

I put a little more of the burlap scraps I had lying around in my favorite acrylic tray to add texture to our bar. 

Our dining table got dressed up for the occasion with three pumpkins (one for me, one for my hubby, and one for our baby-to-be). An over-sized mason jar with a burlap bow and some more wheat finishes off our centerpiece nicely.

  

Setting the table around my decor this year makes me happy! It’s festive, and fun, and not too over-done. I love it!

L Side: It may seem to the outside world like I have this whole working mom thing under control, but I assure you that is not the case. Most days, I find myself telling my overachieving self that I just can’t do it all. I bought a few fun pumpkins in blush and white on a shopping trip one day to Trader Joe’s and had every intention of decorating my home to follow our Alice in Wonderland theme we are using for our costumes, but this weekend I decided to spend some much needed time with my husband and girls instead, and I am so happy I did.

 

We headed over to our local pumpkin patch and snapped some cute photos along the way.

The girls had fun picking their own pumpkin and riding around in style.

This is how we do Fall in LA … shorts, boots, and lots of sunshine!

When we got home, we had fun with our pumpkin display and still gave a small ode to the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. I love the mix of white and blush pumpkins with various textures we bought this year. 

As you can see, we each have our own style when it comes to decorating, but we also love to see what each other comes up with. Halloween lends itself to millions of different ways of decorating, so many directions you can go. What is your plan this year? We can’t wait to hear how you decorate your space for Halloween, and of course (as we are very visual gals) we would love to see photos as well. Send them our way!

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By taking one of the looks from our Get Inspired: October boards, we are providing our readers with further information for where to purchase similar items with a range of price points (from super affordable to fancy and one of a kind). 

It’s Halloween, and this year Lauren is “mad about red”! With an overall Wonderland theme, she has put together a list of interior and event items to get you in the mood as well. Enjoy! 

Interior Items

1. nuLOOM Red Vintage Inspired Overdyed Area Rug – Houzz – $173.61

2. Leopard Pillow – Etsy (DEKOWE) – $45

3. Solid White with Grosgrain Ribbon Border Pillow Cover – Etsy (AriannaBelle) – $106

4. Sophisticated 36 Note Ivory with Black Lacquer Accents Modern Serrento Music Jewelry Box – Music Box Attic – on sale for $699.99

5. Exclusive Fabrics Ruby Vintage Faux Textured Dupioni Silk Curtain Panel – Overstock.com – $49.72

Event Items

1. Clear Glass Bottles with Corks – Etsy (BeautyYourLife) – $10 for 50 pieces

2. Rectangle Damask Jacquard Polyester Tablecloth / Apple Red – Table Linen Direct.com – $25.95

3. Hutchinson Salad Plate – One Kings Lane – $47

4. Chic and Elegant Faux Rose Gold Geometric Triangles Plate – Zazzle – $50.80

5. Gold Rimmed Stemless Glassware – West Elm – $32 for a set of 4

Whether you are mad about red this month or not, make sure you get in the Halloween spirit! Have a great weekend from Side by Side Design!

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We are so excited to once again share our monthly inspiration with all of you! Each month, we look forward to getting the chance to sit down and really think about what’s inspiring us, make predictions for the month ahead, and reflect on the past month. As usual, we have each selected a photo that represents our overall inspiration and have paired it with two interior shots and two events that coordinate with its color scheme and overall concept. In addition, we have provided you with our designer tips to keep you on trend for the month ahead. 

Tami’s inspired: October … The month we have all been waiting for! Well, at least you know I have as I have been talking about our annual Halloween event for months. The amount of planning and preparing that goes into creating a brand new scene with a unique theme each year is especially worth it when we get to see the fruits of our labor at the end. This year, Wild Wicked West will not disappoint. We are bringing in all kinds of fun cowboy props, activities for the kids, and delicious BBQ delicacies. I can’t wait to share the details!

What’s my designer tip this month? Have some country flair! Rustic pieces, lanterns, and leather are always in style. You don’t have to live down south to incorporate these into your home decor. Having a country themed party? Go all out! Hire a dance instructor to teach you their best line dance moves, rent wooden tables and chairs for dining outdoors, and serve heaping spoonfuls of your favorite BBQ sauce. 

Lauren’s inspired: Tami already mentioned that this month our main focus is on our big annual Halloween project. Even though I get so wrapped up in this event each year, I try to find just a little time and Halloween spirit to enjoy this festive holiday with my family as well. I can’t say it was easy picking our family’s costume idea this time around, as my oldest daughter Ava has a strong opinion and changed her mind almost daily, but I am pretty sure we are all set and I will give you a hint … Take a look “through the looking glass”!

What’s my designer tip this month? Try to live in your own Wonderland! If your favorite color is red, go bold! You don’t have to just use this powerful hue on small minor details. Instead use it where it will be noticed; elaborate draperies, an over-the-top rug. Keep your house guest guessing at what they will see next. Same holds true with your event decor. Mix in those vintage leopard plates you have been dying to use and let them be the show stopper. Little odes to this famous story will make a huge statement as well … “Drink me!”

Here at Side by Side Design, we look forward to an exciting month including our fabulous Western themed Halloween decor and party, our spooky decorations in our own homes, and many more tricks and treats! Don’t forget to check out our next Get Inspired post on November 3rd for all new looks and inspiration! 

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10.02.2017

Written by: Lauren

We have mentioned before that we do many different types of projects here at Side by Side Design. On the interior side, we do everything from consultation to full remodel and construction projects and everywhere in between. Our friend Erica who you might remember from previous blog posts (as she is an incredible photographer and fellow twin) is slowly remodeling her home one project at a time and has used us for consultation throughout every stage of the project. I started by putting together an overall look for the completed house and we have been using that as our guide every step of the way. Together Erica, her husband David, and I have decided on a wood flooring to use throughout the majority of the house, a new stair railing to modernize the space, light fixtures and paint colors throughout. The house is really starting to come together and we are ready to show off the first finished space, the entryway … It’s not just Erica’s photos that make it look this good! 

In these side by side photos, you can truly see the changes that have been made. The overall crisp look, monochromatic colors, and transitional fixtures are right up my alley.

This console table and mirror was one of the only items to remain in the entry. Its narrow profile is the perfect fit and gives the family a place to display photos.

The entryway sets the tone for the overall color palette in the house. We wanted to keep everything very neutral and the light gray walls do just that.

The high ceilings in the entryway give a grand appearance when you first walk in. I found this silver lantern and love how open and airy it is.

Here is a view from the other direction. Eventually, the door frame will get stained to match the flooring which I think will give it a more finished look.

A close up view of the light fixture we selected …

… and one of the new stairs and railing.

I know it has been a long time in the works for this family. I also know it is not easy when your own home is in construction and has constant workers in and out, but this special couple should be extremely proud of their patience as it is truly turning out beautifully. We will be sharing more spaces here on the blog as they are completed. Stay tuned!

If you are looking for someone to consult on your remodel project, contact us at info@sbsdesignla.com.

All photographs taken by Erica Leigh Photography.

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